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Enhancia’s wireless MIDI ring for musicians is now on Kickstarter

French company Enhancia’s MIDI ring, which The Verge first saw at this year’s NAMM show, has debuted for preorder on Kickstarter. Now called Neova, the ring is an accessory for musicians to wear on the index finger of their right hand. Specific movements tell the ring to trigger effects while performing, like pitch bend and vibrato.

The ring contains a total of nine sensors, and it captures movements made while performing.

These movements are then sent to a hub that’s connected to your computer via USB. It works with every major Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), and every gesture the ring recognizes can be assigned to any parameter you wish. The ring’s sensitivity to the movements is also adjustable.

Enhancia’s video above shows how it works in action, allowing musicians to add expressive effects like high or low pass filters without interrupting the flow of how they’re playing.

While there are other MIDI rings on the market, Enhancia hopes to differentiate itself by focusing on simple hand gestures. The company says it worked with over 50 musicians to choose which movements were most naturally performed while playing a keyboard. Originally, it supported three hand movements — a slight hand wobble, a slow tilt to the side, and a tilt forward.

Now, Neova has two new gestures built in: a rocking hand wave and a roll.

When the ring was demoed earlier this year, there were still some kinks to work out. It was still wired, and the accompanying software was still in development. Even with these hindrances, when I tried the ring out at NAMM, it was easy to see how it could naturally dovetail into a performance with virtually no learning curve.

Neova is now wireless, has a hub that’s also a charger for the ring and sports four assignable preset buttons on the front, and there’s a plug-in with hundreds of preset sounds, called Plume.

Enhancia’s Neova ring is now available on Kickstarter with early bird pricing of £259.95 and an estimated delivery date of March 2019.

Each package will come with the wearable sensor (which Enhancia calls a “stone”), a set of swappable ring bands in varying sizes, the hub, a USB cable, two MIDI to 3.5mm jack cables, and the Plume software.

Qualcomm’s new vision chips can power sports cams, security cameras, and robots

Qualcomm is introducing a new line of chips today that are custom-made for smart cameras. The new line is called the Vision Intelligence Platform, and it’s meant to get AI features, extreme low-light image processing, image stabilization, and computer vision abilities into more cameras — and to do it better than a repurposed smartphone chip could.

The chips are meant for pretty much any camera that can make use of intensive processing features: sports cameras, security cameras, 360-degree cameras, and even robots (say, something like a Roomba) that need to navigate, among others. The chips support 4K video, multiple video streams at lower resolutions, 360-video stitching, WQHD displays, obstacle avoidance, and the creation of video highlight reels for action cameras.

It’ll be up to hardware manufacturers who use these chips to take advantage of those features and actually build them out.

But Qualcomm’s goal is to make it easier for hardware companies to implement them, and to allow them to be implemented better than they could with other chips. Because there’s dedicated hardware for a lot of these features, Qualcomm says they’ll use up less power while performing better than they would if running on a more general purpose chip.

The first two chips in the line, the QCS605 and QCS603 (no relation to the Snapdragon 600 series), are designed for Wi-Fi cameras, since neither has an LTE radio. The 605 supports 4K video at 60 fps, and the 603 supports 4K video at 30 fps.

This isn’t Qualcomm’s first attempt at offering chips for smart cameras. It’s done this in the past, but it’s always used repurposed Snapdragon chips before — one ended up in the Nest Cam IQ, for instance.

This is the first time Qualcomm has offered chips specifically built for smart cameras, though, and that means future generations of these products could start to advance a bit faster.

Qualcomm has already begun sampling out the 605 chips to hardware partners and expects products using them to come out in the second half of the year.

A robotic camera system films sports like a human

New AI software can move and focus a camera to frame shots that look incredibly natural for viewers. How it works: A robotic camera system, called Polycam Player and made by Nikon company MRMC, uses image recognition to track players on the field. Instead of panning and scanning footage from wide angles like most automated camera systems, it tracks and frames players in tighter shots as a human would.

Getting the impossible angle: Instead of replacing human operators, the system is designed to capture views that humans might miss–of distant action, say, or in unexpected corners of the field–to give broadcasters more shots. That could be especially useful to smaller media outlets working with limited staff. Off the field: Camera tracking solutions are also entering broadcast studios and even the hands of consumers.

Earlier this year Skydio released a consumer drone camera that can dodge obstacles and follow you to get the perfect shot.

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